Carlow Garden Festival

Carlow Garden Festival

Friday 24th July – Monday 3rd August 2020

Featuring 22 celebrated garden experts over 11 days, the festival offers something to interest everyone from novice gardeners to garden connoisseurs, garden designers to nature lovers and grandparents to grandchildren.

Friday 24th July, 2020

Eánna Ní Lamhna

Biologist, author, educator, radio and television personality

Leighlinbridge – the Garden Village, Co. Carlow
2 p.m.

Adam Frost and Joe Swift

Adam Frost – Multi-gold medal winner, Chelsea Flower Show and UK TV presenter
Joe Swift – UK TV presenter, garden designer and journalist

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
7.30 p.m.


Saturday 25th July, 2020

Mary Keenan

Owner of the renowned Gash Gardens in Co. Laois

Delta Sensory Gardens, Strawhall Estate, Carlow
11 a.m.

Fergus Garrett

Head gardener at Great Dixter, UK

Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow
3 p.m.


Sunday 26th July, 2020

Dermot O’Neill

Irish TV and radio gardening personality

Rathwood, Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Leonie Cornelius

Winner of RTÉ’s Super Garden, writer and award-winning garden designer

Patthana Gardens, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow
5.30 p.m.


Monday 27th July, 2020

Paul Martin

One of Ireland’s leading garden designers

Delta Sensory Gardens, Strawhall Estate, Carlow
11 a.m.

Patricia Tyrrell

Horticulturalist, garden designer and multi-gold medal winner at Bloom

The Meadows, Myshall, Co. Carlow
3 p.m.


Tuesday 28th July, 2020

Margaret Gormley

Chief Parks Superintendent, OPW

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow
11 a.m.

Arthur Cole

Garden Director and horticulturalist at The Newt in Somerset, UK

Hardymount Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow
3 p.m.


Wednesday 29th July, 2020

Klaus Laitenberger

Renowned organic gardener and author of numerous organic gardening books

Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny
10.30 a.m.

Mary White

Forager, flora and fauna specialist and owner of award-winning Blackstairs Ecotrails

Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny
12 noon

Arthur Shackleton

Renowned and much admired Irish gardener

Burtown House and Gardens, Burtown, Athy, Co. Kildare
3.30 p.m.


Thursday 30th July, 2020

Belinda Jupp

Renowned Irish historic garden restoration expert

Borris House and Demesne, Borris, Co. Carlow
11 a.m.

James Wong

Discusses how gardening benefits both physical and mental health

Kilgraney House & Herb Gardens, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
3 p.m.

James Wong

Kew trained botanist, scientist and broadcaster

VISUAL, Old Dublin Road, Carlow Town
7.30 p.m.


Friday 31st July, 2020

Martin Ogle and Matthew Wilson

Talk 1: Martin Ogle – Head Gardener at Lowther Castle & Gardens, Penrith
Talk 2: Matthew Wilson – Well respected garden designer, writer and broadcaster

The Walled Garden, Altamont Plant Sales, Tullow, Co. Carlow 
Talk 1: 11.30 am
Talk 2: 3 pm


Saturday 1st August, 2020

Ken Cox

Leading rhododendron expert and author of several gardening books

Huntington Castle and Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow
11 a.m.

Nick Macer

Owner of celebrated Pan Global Plants nursery in the UK

Burtown House and Gardens, Burtown, Athy, Co. Kildare
3 p.m.


Sunday 2nd August, 2020

James Alexander Sinclair

Renowned British garden designer, journalist and Chelsea Flower Show Judge

Duckett’s Grove, Kneestown, Co. Carlow
2 p.m.


Monday 3rd August, 2020

Shirley Lanigan

Author of Open Gardens Ireland

The Barrow Experience Garden – Beam Services, Regent Street, Bagenalstown, Co. Kildare
12 noon